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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Caryle Murphy to Speak at Montgomery College, May 1 Titled “The Arab Awakening Reaches Saudi Arabia,” the Talk Will Be Held in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Caryle Murphy, will speak at Montgomery College-Rockville Tuesday, May 1 from 2-3 p.m. in the Theatre Arts Arena, located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD. Murphy’s presentation, “The Arab Awakening Reaches Saudi Arabia,” is free and open to the public.

A long-time reporter for the Washington Post, Murphy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting and the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting for her coverage of Iraq’s 1990 occupation of Kuwait, and the subsequent Persian Gulf War.

While at the Post, Murphy covered both domestic and international affairs and was a foreign correspondent in South Africa and in Cairo. In 2005, she spent three months in Baghdad covering the Iraq War.

In 2006, Murphy left the Post and in 2008 relocated to the Middle East and spent three years working as a journalist in Saudi Arabia.

Murphy recently authored the book, “Passion for Islam,” which explains the religion’s contemporary revival and the roots of religious extremism in the Middle East as seen through the eyes of Egyptians.

Murphy is a graduate of Trinity University in Washington, D.C. and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Currently, she is a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. For more information about the event, contact Professor Elkin Taylor at 301-229-9270 or email

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